Enroll in the Cloud Solution Provider program

Applies to

  • Cloud Solution Provider program

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The rapidly growing demand for cloud-based solutions and services provides many opportunities for Microsoft partners of all sizes to build profitable cloud solution businesses. Partners who are ready to enter the market, but who don't want to have to manage multiple vendors, or who may not have an end-to-end customer relationship management infrastructure in place, can enroll in Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program as indirect resellers.

To enroll in the Cloud Solution Provider program, you first need an MPN ID. Don't have one yet? Join here.

To complete the CSP application, you'll need your company's MPN ID, complete business address, bank information, and the work email for the employee who will act as the admin for the Partner Center.

  1. Sign in to Partner Center with your work email (i.e., your Azure AD tenant credentials).

  2. Create your partner profile and associate your MPN ID to your profile. It can take us several days to review and verify the information you’ve provided. We’ll email you when we’ve completed our review.

  3. After we've verified your information, accept the Microsoft indirect reseller terms agreement.

Important

A partner in the CSP program cannot resell online services to another partner in the CSP program currently. Microsoft continuously reviews the policies and capabilities of all programs. Any news about feature releases or policy changes will be announced through the usual communications channels, including Partner Center announcements.

Enroll as an indirect reseller

If you're enrolling in the CSP program as an indirect reseller, you won't purchase products directly from or be invoiced directly by Microsoft. Instead, you'll work with indirect providers (also known as distributors) who transact directly with Microsoft.

Partnering with an indirect provider means you don’t have to have the infrastructure in place to go to market or to buy directly from Microsoft, but can instead work with an experienced technology provider to help ensure your success. In the provider-reseller model, the provider buys cloud solutions and services from Microsoft and relies on you to deploy and service the products.

Different indirect providers offer different support and services, so you should evaluate the providers in your area to determine which ones best meet your needs. Generally, most providers will:

  • Provide you with technical training and assistance

  • Help you market your products and services

  • Help you establish financing and credit terms

If you’re not already working with a provider (also known as a distributor), you can search the list of official Microsoft providers to find one.

For more information about what’s required to participate in the CSP program as an indirect reseller, see Get started as an indirect reseller on the Microsoft Partner Network website.

Enroll as a direct bill partner

As a direct bill partner, you own the end-to-end relationship with your customer and with Microsoft. We have updated enrollment requirements for direct bill partners as of August 31, 2018. These new requirements will help you accelerate your business growth with the right CSP enrollment model and strengthen your customer relationships with value-added services and support.

Minimum requirements

Requirement
MPN ID An active Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) ID for your business location.
Endorsement The authority to accept and sign legal agreements on behalf of your organization.
Support The ability to provide the first level of cloud product support to your customers.
A Microsoft support plan, either Advanced Support for Partners (ASfP) or Premier Support for Partners (PSfP), depending on your needs. Compare support plans.
IMPORTANT: You must pass a credit check before purchasing a support plan. We'll email you when you've passed the credit check.
Managed Service At least one managed service, IP service, or customer solution application. Learn more about adding managed services.
Accounts receivable The organizational infrastructure in place to manage customer billing and provisioning.

Verify direct bill eligibility

If you haven't already done so, review the minimum requirements above to make sure you can meet them, and then complete the Cloud Solution Provider questionnaire.

We use your answers to the questions in the form to help us determine your eligibility to enroll in the CSP program as a direct bill partner.

After we've verified that your company meets the eligibility requirements to enroll as a direct bill partner, and you've completed the enrollment application, we'll review and verify the business information you provided in the enrollment process. As part of this review, we'll check your company's credit. We'll let you know by email when your company has passed the credit check.

Important

Checking your company's credit can take us several days or more to complete. During this time, it's important that you NOT purchase a Microsoft support plan. You should purchase a Microsoft support plan only after we've informed you that you've passed the credit check.

Transition from direct bill to indirect reseller

As the CSP program continues to evolve and grow, you might prefer to participate in it as an indirect reseller instead of a direct bill partner. You can transition your direct bill tenant to the indirect reseller model in Partner Center.

See Transition from Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) direct bill partner to CSP indirect reseller for information about transitioning from a direct bill partner to an indirect reseller.

CSP regional markets and currencies

Your company's location determines your market. Your market includes the regions and/or countries where you can sell CSP offers. See Cloud Solution Provider program regional markets and currencies for market locations and currencies.